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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Nicolas Poussin, French (Les Andelys, France 1594 - 1665 Rome, Italy)
Moses Defending the Daughters of Jethro
Work Type
c. 1647
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash on cream antique laid paper, laid down on cream antique laid paper
18.5 x 25.5 cm (7 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Verso, center, graphite: 188
  • watermark: none
Thomas Dimsdale, London (his mark, L.2426, verso); Sir Thomas Lawrence, London (his mark, L.2445, lower left); Alan M. Stone, Northampton, MA, sold; to [Seiden & de Cuevas, Inc., 1977]; Fogg Art Museum, 1984, inv. no. 1984.580
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Melvin R. Seiden Fund and Louise Haskell Daly Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Anthony Blunt, "Further Newly Identified Drawings by Poussin and His Followers", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, Summer 1979), vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 119-46, 173-90, pp. 119-22, pl. I, repr.

Anthony Blunt, The Drawings of Nicolas Poussin, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1979), p. 71

Dessins français du XVIIe siècle, exh. cat., Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 1984), under cat. no. 59, p. 52

Hilliard T. Goldfarb, From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth Century, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art/Indiana University Press (Cleveland, 1989), cat. no. 20, pp. 52-54, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665: catalogue raisonné des dessins, Leonardo (Milan, Italy, 1994), vol. I, cat. no. 305, pp. 592-93, repr., vol. II, p. 1211

Edward Saywell, "Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 7-29, checklist no. 20, p. 27

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 30

William W. Robinson, "Old Master and Nineteenth-Century Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University", Master Drawings (Fall 2000), vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 233-240, p. 237, fig. 5, repr.

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XVIIe siècle, Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, 2013), pp. 76, 637, fig. 142, repr.

Exhibition History

From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawings from the 17th Century, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 12/13/1989 - 01/28/1990; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/1990 - 04/08/1990; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 05/06/1990 - 06/17/1990

Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/03/1998 - 12/30/1998

Library Benefactors in the Class of 1952, Houghton Library, Cambridge, 06/03/2002 - 08/30/2002

Subjects and Contexts

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